Kaduna pil­grims al­lege ‘mal­prac­tices’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Isa Sa’idu, Zaria

Some pil­grims from Kaduna State who per­formed this year’s Hajj yesterday al­leged mal­prac­tices by some of­fi­cials of the Mus­lim Pil­grims Wel­fare Board.

In an in­ter­view with our cor­re­spon­dent, the pil­grims al­leged that of­fi­cials of the board were col­lect­ing bribes and sub­sti­tut­ing names of pil­grims on the re­turn list sched­ule.

“I was sup­posed to re­turn to Kaduna with the fourth flight be­cause I trav­elled to Saudi Ara­bia with the same flight. How­ever, when the man­i­fest of the flight was re­leased, 15 names, in­clud­ing mine, were miss­ing. We com­plained to the pil­grims of­fi­cers but they did not do any­thing about it’’, one of the pil­grims, Ibrahim Musa Zan­gon Kataf said.

He said, “We went to the state of­fice in Mecca and the of­fi­cials there told us that our names were not in the flight man­i­fest be­cause the Na­tional Hajj Com­mis­sion pre­pared the list. How­ever, we later dis­cov­ered that some pil­grims who wanted to re­turn early bribed their way and made the list. Also, some ‘priv­i­leged’ peo­ple were in­cluded on the flight’’.

He fur­ther stated “I think Kaduna State gov­ern­ment needs to do an over­haul of the board, largely be­cause of the non­cha­lant at­ti­tude of most of­fi­cials and the fact that they en­gage in sharp prac­tices’’.

Checks by our cor­re­spon­dent re­vealed that some of the pil­grims that were re­moved from the fourth flight in­clude Mo­hammed Garba, Igabi, Yelwa Kadege, Tukur Idris and Ibrahim Musa, Zan­gon Kataf.

It was also found that the trend of re­plac­ing names still on­go­ing; this is apart from the snail-pace of air­lift of pil­grims back home.

When con­tacted, a mem­ber of Kaduna State Hajj Task Force, Al­haji Sa’idu Adamu, con­firmed that some names were re­moved from the fourth flight, “but the prob­lem was not from our end. It was done by Na­tional Hajj Com­mis­sion and that is why we com­plained to them.”

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